Archive for June, 2018

Help Us Test Steam Workshop

July 19: Support for other languages has been officially released in Update 21! Thanks for everyone’s help with testing this feature and contributing to translations. Learn more about 20 Earth Languages & 12 Jovian Moons | Update 21

We are still testing our next big feature:

  • Steam Workshop (Sharing Simulations)

Please help us test! Jump into the Community Test build and start sharing and exploring Workshop simulations.

Steam Workshop

Viewing a simulation from Steam Workshop with a custom description.
Viewing a simulation from Steam Workshop with a custom description. No explanation can be provided for the surplus of pumpkin-related content.

Share simulations to Steam Workshop:
Home > Save > Share to Steam Workshop

Browse & open Steam Workshop simulations:
Home > Workshop

Sharing simulations now will help us test this feature and also help us build up a big catalog of sims on Steam Workshop, so we can show off the creativity of the Universe Sandbox community from day one of the official Workshop release.

As part of our redesigned save dialog and support for Steam Workshop, simulations now support custom descriptions that appear when the simulation loads. And even cooler? These descriptions support the same BBCode formatting that Steam does. Two differences: It also supports images with [img]url[/img], and even animated GIFs! But it does not support [noparse].

Opt Into the Community Test Build

  1.  Right-click on the game title in your Steam Library
  2.  Click on ‘Properties’
  3.  Select the ‘Betas’ tab
  4.  Set the dropdown menu to ‘community-test’
  5.  Close the Properties window
  6.  Steam will now update Universe Sandbox ² to the Community Test build
  7.  Once updated, launch Universe Sandbox ²

Please note: We’ve done extensive testing on this feature, but this is a Community Test build for a reason. There are still changes we have planned, and you may encounter bugs. If you do, please let us know through our forums (local | Steam) or in-game via Home > Send Feedback.

Thanks for testing and for your patience!

An overview of changes in the current Community Test build is available here: What’s New | Community Tests


Help Translate Universe Sandbox

Universe Sandbox set to Spanish. Interface enlarged to show text.
Universe Sandbox set to Spanish. Interface enlarged to show text.

Support for 20+ languages in Universe Sandbox is now officially available! Learn more about Update 21

Now we’d love your help translating Universe Sandbox into any languages you know!

While this feature was being tested, we added a number of languages and had significant contributions from our amazing community that improved translations across the included languages. Many of the translations, however, are still placeholders from Google Translate, which sometimes produces strange results. While we think this is an improvement over having no translations at all, we’d like to do better.

Which is why we need your help in providing the most accurate translations possible! Universe Sandbox continues to grow and evolve, and we hope we can continue to receive translation contributions from our community.
 

Translating Via Universe Sandbox

To submit translations via Universe Sandbox:

  1. Click Home > Help Translate
  2. Click Translate (or press F2) in the bottom-right corner
  3. Click on any green text to open our translation site (Crowdin) in your browser
    • Some text, such as randomly generated names, cannot be translated 
  4. Login or create a Crowdin account then suggest a new/improved translation*
  5. To exit Translate Mode in Universe Sandbox, click Translate (or press F2) again
    • You can remove the Translate button entirely by turning off Help Translate in Home > Settings

*By default, you will submit a translation for whichever language is selected in Universe Sandbox. To change languages in Universe Sandbox, click Home > Settings > General > Selected Language. You can also change which language you’re suggesting a translation for in Crowdin by clicking the “Other Languages” tab below the translation input box.

 

Translating On Our Translation Site (Crowdin)

Crowdin is a system that helps manage translation projects by making it easy for anyone to submit new translations and vote on the best ones.

Even if you aren’t running Universe Sandbox, you can still head to our project on Crowdin and help with translating:
Universe Sandbox Translation Project on Crowdin

While there may be text that only makes sense when viewed in its context in Universe Sandbox, there will also be moments when you want to suggest a bunch of translations and don’t need to go back into Universe Sandbox. Feel free to continue through the list of text in Crowdin and translate as much as you want!

 

Setting Universe Sandbox to Other Languages

Change languages in Universe Sandbox:
Home > Settings > General > Selected Language

Please note that you will not see your suggestions in Universe Sandbox immediately. Over time we will update existing languages with improved translations from the community. These will be included in our typical updates.

If you’d like to see a language included in Universe Sandbox that is not there already, please let us know! If approved, we will add requested languages to our Crowdin project (with Google Translations as the base) and then start accepting improved translations on Crowdin. Then in a future update, we will add the language to Universe Sandbox to allow in-game translation.

Thanks for everyone’s help in making Universe Sandbox more accessible!